Andrew Taylor Still lost confidence and hope in the medical therapies of his day after three of his children died of meningitis in 1864. He became obsessed with finding the cause and the cure for disease. He shunned drugs and used a manipulative therapy designed to release the healing powers of nature. Still developed a philosophy of osteopathy that was holistic, naturalistic, and emphasized health rather than disease. After years of thought, study, and experimentation, Still opened the American School of Osteopathy in 1892 in Kirksville, Missouri, far removed from the medical centers of traditional medicine.
Author Carol Trowbridge tells us about Still’s family, the communities he lived in, and the events that shaped him. She helps us understand this eccentric medical pioneer who was never fully accepted by his peers, but whose holistic methods are now considered the cutting edge of medicine today. He leaves a legacy of patient-centered care that impacts providers and patients around the world.
PART I: A Family Journey
Sons of Thunder
A Howling Wilderness
PART 2: The Journey of Andrew Taylor Still
A New Beginning
A New Science
The Old Doctor
Appendix Andrew Taylor Still Family Album
Trowbridge’s book is a very interesting discussion of late-nineteenth-century evolutionary thought and the impact of this thought upon American medicine. Still certainly ranks as one of the least-known and original scientific thinkers of the late nineteenth century.
—Journal of the West
Carol Trowbridge illuminates how Still’s peculiar therapeutic achievement was fully a product of its phrenological, mesmeric, Thomsonian, Eclectic, spiritualistic and, above all, Spencerian evolutionary times.
Andrew Taylor Still: 1828-1917 is the biography of a truly remarkable man of medicine. After three of his children died from meningitis in 1864, he focused his lfie upon finding the cause of and cure for the disease. Still created the philosophy of osteopathy, an approach to health care emphasizing the musculoskeletal system, eschewing drugs. A pioneer of holistic medicine who was never fully understood by his peers and colleagues, Still's practice and his devotion to patient-centered care permanently changed the field of medicine, up to the present day. Andrew Taylor Still: 1828-1917 is an absorbing biography of a little-known yet far-reaching man of medicine and learning, highly recommended especially for college library collections.
—Midwest Book Review, December 2009